6 Healthy Ways to Elevate a Lean Burger

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6 Healthy Ways to Elevate a Lean Burger

Here’s your grilling game plan: Keep the meat lean, the buns optional—then add a kick with these healthy toppings and condiments.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup minced fresh ginger (from a 4- to 5-inch piece)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste, dissolved in ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) whole tomatoes, roughly chopped, with juice
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. In a heavy-bottomed sauté pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and add the ginger and garlic. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and transparent, about 15 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat to medium high and add the vinegar-tamarind mixture and the sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Add the tomatoes, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Yield: Approximately 2 cups


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